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Civil Rights and Liberties

Trade-based seats are still in transition, minister says

The secretary for justice said yesterday he felt there was no reason to depart from the stance that functional constituencies were merely 'transitional arrangements' on the way to universal suffrage, in what appeared to be the administration's first public affirmation of

Saturday, 8 May, 2010, 12:00am

Tsang: I have still not decided whether to vote

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen twice refused yesterday to commit to voting in this month's by-elections, but said he would 'give an account to the people' once he had made up his mind.

Normally on election day, the chief executive poses for the media at a polling station early in the morning and urges the public to vote.

7 May 2010 - 12:00am

Stop the point-scoring on reform and move on

The striking of any deal, whether in business or politics, depends on the willingness of those involved to trust one another. This is how relationships are formed and mutually beneficial agreements reached.

6 May 2010 - 12:00am

Tien proposes 'one person, two votes'

'One person, two votes' should be introduced to get round public objections to the functional constituencies which Beijing seems determined to retain, says the Liberal Party's former chairman.

People registered to vote in a geographical constituency would be able to choose which of the other constituencies to cast their second ballot in, James Tien Pei-chun envisages.

30 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

James Tien proposes 'one person, two votes' for functional impasse

'One person, two votes' should be introduced to get round public objections to the functional constituencies which Beijing seems determined to retain, says the Liberal Party's former chairman.

People registered to vote in a geographical constituency would be able to choose which of the functional constituencies to cast their second ballot in, James Tien Pei-chun envisages.

30 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Minister says no need to reaffirm UN vow

The government yesterday refused to reaffirm its pledge to the UN that functional constituencies in the legislature were only a transitional measure before universal suffrage is introduced.

29 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Collective effort

Putting together a constitutional reform package for 2012 that is acceptable to all has not been easy from day one. There are both constitutional and political constraints. Constitutionally, under the so-called five-step process, the current government under Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen is only mandated to deal with electoral arrangements for 2012.

21 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Make the most of an uninspiring reform plan

When Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen unveiled the government's package of electoral proposals for 2012, he said more than 47,200 written submissions had been received during the consultation period.

19 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Seats offer fails to convince democrats

Pan-democrats are being wooed by the government to support its constitutional reform proposal with an offer to scrap appointed seats in the district councils, a day after saying there was no room for compromise.

But the offer has received lukewarm response, despite fresh suggestions that a top Beijing official may visit Hong Kong to meet lawmakers over the negotiating table.

16 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Tang to unveil revised electoral proposals today

Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen will today unveil the government's revised proposals for electoral changes in 2012. They won't look much different to those the administration proposed in November, though they will contain minor concessions, such as the phasing out appointed seats on the 18 district councils.

14 Apr 2010 - 12:00am